(CNN)A “bomb cyclone” is dumping snow and heavy rain on the central United States, stranding travelers, leaving tens of thousands without electricity and leading to a police officer’s death in Colorado.The storm’s center was over Iowa and Nebraska early Thursday, and while it did its worst damage in the Plains, it will continue delivering dangerous weather conditions to 105 million people who are under some sort of watch, warning or advisory as it moves east.A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars — a measure of atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue.
According to Facebook’s status page , the outages started around 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. That page, which calls the problem a “partial outage,” states that Facebook has experienced “increased error rates” since that time.
Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, said the Facebook problem affected parts of the U.S., including the East and West Coast; parts of Europe and elsewhere. Both Facebook’s desktop site and app appeared to be affected. Some users saw a message that said Facebook was down for “required maintenance.”
Facebook did not say what was causing the outages.
Via its Twitter account, Facebook said the outage was not due to a “distributed denial of service” or DDoS attack, a type of attack that hackers use to interrupt service to a site.
President Trump on Monday said he’s ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give Alabama the “A Plus treatment” in wake of the deadly tornadoes that claimed at least 23 lives.
“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes,” Trump tweeted just after 11 a.m. “@GovernorKayIvey, one of the best in our Country, has been so informed. She is working closely with FEMA (and me!).”
A search is underway for survivors after two back-to-back funnels touched down in Lee County on Sunday, leaving a trail of destruction. Rescuers are focusing in the area around Beauregard, about 60 miles east of the state capital, Montgomery.
The youngest among the dead was just 6 years old. Authorities believe the death toll will rise.
“The devastation is incredible,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told the local CBS affiliate.
At a Glance
- The National Weather Service declared tornado emergencies Sunday in Alabama and Georgia.
- Two deaths have been reported in Lee County in Alabama.
- More than 42,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity in Georgia and Alabama.
- Reports of damage stretch across both states.At least two people have been killed by a tornado that caused the National Weather Service to declare tornado emergencies Sunday afternoon for parts of Alabama and Georgia as severe storms moved through the South.
Damage was reported across southern Alabama and Georgia.
The Lee County Emergency Management Agency said the fatalities were near Beauregard, Alabama, WFSA reported. The TV station also reported that the Lee County coroner confirmed multiple fatalities.
Nearly 26,000 customers were without power in Georgia as of 5:45 p.m. EST, according to poweroutage.us. Another 16,500 had no electricity in Alabama.
About 3:15 p.m. EST, a large and destructive tornado was confirmed near Smiths Station, Alabama, according to the NWS.
Calling it a “life-threatening situation,” the NWS warned residents of Smiths Station, Bleecker, Monterey Heights and Bartletts Ferry Dam to take cover immediately as part of the tornado emergency declaration.
According to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, President Trump’s dinner with North Korean leader Kim will be a relatively small affair, especially compared to the packed tables seen today during Trump’s working lunch with Vietnamese leaders.
According to Sanders, the participants at the dinner, which will take place at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, are as follows:
- Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America
- Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Mick Mulvaney, Assistant to the President and acting Chief of Staff
- Lee Yun-hyang, interpreter
- Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea
- Ri Yong Ho, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Sin Hye Yong, interpreter
A train that was stuck in wintry conditions outside Oakridge, Oregon, for a day and a half is now heading to nearby Eugene, Amtrak said Tuesday.The Coast Starlight train 11 — with 183 passengers on board — had been stuck since Sunday evening when it hit a tree that fell onto the tracks while it was heading from Seattle to Los Angeles. Amtrak said no one was hurt, CBS Seattle affiliate KOIN-TV reported.
Passengers stayed on board during the massive delay.
President Trump on Friday announced Kelly Knight Craft, the current ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to become the next United States ambassador to the United Nations.
“Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”
If confirmed for the role, Craft will succeed Nikki Haley, who abruptly announced her resignation in October last year.
Haley offered Craft her congratulations on Twitter following the announcement. “She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCanada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations,” Haley tweeted.
Washington (CNN)The White House is moving forward with plans to shift existing federal funds to pay for construction of a wall on the southern border, a senior administration official said.In the face of several lawsuits challenging Trump’s authority to declare a national emergency to reallocate billions of dollars toward a border wall, the White House plans to first draw from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program and the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture funds before moving to divert military construction funds, the official said.Unlike the first two pots of money, the latter can only be accessed through a national emergency declaration, which is now the focus of several lawsuits.
“The real feel will be terrible and it will be everywhere,’ AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams told USA TODAY. “Snow, ice, sleet, flooding, you name it you got it across the country. It will feel cold and it will be messy, misty and miserable.”
“Hopefully it changes to all rain quickly,” Abrams said. “A quarter of an inch you might get by. A half an inch and you have branches snapping, wires down, major problems.”
tree damage and scattered power outages. Lighter amounts of ice are forecast for portions of Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania reports USA Today.